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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo -- Oscar-winning fact-based World War II picture about General Jimmy Doolittle's efforts to train American troops for the first airborne attacks on Japan.


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Dalton Trumbo (screen play)
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Heart-Warming Romance . . . Stark, Sensational Drama! Thrills! Action! Adventure! ...Ripped From The Heart!
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Johnson ... Ted Lawson

Robert Walker ... David Thatcher
Tim Murdock ... Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ... Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ... Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ... 'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)

Spencer Tracy ... Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle
John R. Reilly ... 'Shorty' Manch

Robert Mitchum ... Bob Gray
Scott McKay ... Davey Jones

Donald Curtis ... Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)

Douglas Cowan ... 'Brick' Holstrom

Paul Langton ... Captain 'Ski' York

Leon Ames ... Lieut. Jurika

Bill Williams ... Bud Felton
Robert Bice ... 'Jig' White
Hsin Kung ... Dr. Chung (as Dr. Hsin Kung)

Benson Fong ... Young Dr. Chung
Ching Wah Lee ... Guerilla Charlie

Alan Napier ... Mr. Parker
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Parker
Dorothy Morris ... Jane (as Dorothy Ruth Morris)

Jacqueline White ... Emmy York
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Reynolds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Addison ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... William F. Halsey, Captain of the 'Hornet' (uncredited)
Jack Arkin ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Tom Avera ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Barclay ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Pilot Singer (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Brodie ... MP Corporal (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Chinese Runner (uncredited)
Mary Chan ... School Teacher (uncredited)
Keye Chang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dailey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Hal Derwin ... Singer in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Captain of Patrol Boat (uncredited)
John Gannon ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Gordon ... Sgt. Williams (uncredited)
Genevieve Grazis ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Joe (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Judge (uncredited)
Bill Healy ... Eglin Captain (uncredited)
Shirlee Howard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
John James ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Virgil Johanson ... Eglin Colonel (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... C-47 Transport Pilot (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles King Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Michael Knudsen ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Joan Lawrence ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Edith Leach ... Girl (uncredited)
Martin Lowell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jack McClendon ... Dick Joyce (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob McCutchin ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Lorraine Miller ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
William Moss ... Ship's Clerk (uncredited)
Frances E. Neal ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... Hallmark (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... General (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Elaine Shepard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
Harold Sworland ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Eugenia B. Thompson ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Brad Towne ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Gordon Trigg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
H.T. Tsiang ... Wang Tsung (uncredited)
Joy Vahl ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Peter Varney ... Spike Henderson (uncredited)
Will Walls ... Hoss Wyler (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wah Yee ... Foo Ling (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)

Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) (as Captain Ted W. Lawson) and
Robert Considine (based on the book)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strong .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Russ Haverick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Leo Pepin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harold Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
George E. Lee .... props (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... model maker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Dean Davenport .... technical advisor: Army Air Force (uncredited)
H. Allen Fairbanks .... technical advisor: Navy (uncredited)
Jimmy Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Virginia Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor: Chinese sequence (uncredited)
Ted W. Lawson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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138 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10248) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

According to the documentary Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988), for this movie, the MGM studio recreated the section of an air craft carrier flat top on a sound stage large enough to fit four genuine B25 bomber planes whilst a whole sixty foot miniature was also built, placed in the studio tank doubling as the ocean. Moreover, this special effects Academy Award winning movie utilized model planes, hydraulic jacks, wires, motors, pulleys, and a miniature model of Tokyo used to show the bombing of that city with mini explosions.See more »
Errors in geography: During the hedgehopping run to Tokyo, barren desert mountains are seen in the background. No such geography exists in Japan, this was filmed in the US Southwest.See more »
Gen. James Doolittle:[Addressing all the flight crews, assembled in the USS Hornet's briefing room] Lt. Jurika has detailed maps and pictures of cities and specified targets. Mr. Jurika spent a great many years in Japan. I think it might be a good idea if he gave you some idea of what kind of people you're going to run up against in case you're forced down. Mr. Jurika.
Lieut. Jurika:[Lt. Jurika gets up and addresses the men] I was assistant Naval attaché at our embassy in Japan, long enough to learn a few things about the Orient.
Lt. Bob Gray:Just what should we do, Mr. Jurika? How should we conduct ourselves, in case we are forced down over Japan?
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
It's about the Doolittle Raid., 3 August 2005
Author: PWNYCNY from United States

I know it's a World War Two propaganda movie. And I know that Hollywood treatments of historical subjects must be taken with a huge boulder-size grain of salt. That being said, this is a credible movie that is worth watching. The fact is that the Doolittle Raid DID happen, that in early 1942 the outcome of the war against Japan was at best uncertain, and that Japanese aggression post Pearl Harbor posed a clear and imminent threat to the United States. It's hard to believe that Japan was THAT powerful, but it was. Japan occupied or controlled about one-quarter of the surface of the world, including most of eastern China, all of Manchuria, the ENTIRE Korean peninsula, ALL of southeast Asia, including ALL of Indonesia and Singapore, the Philippines, and the entire western Pacific Ocean. And Japan accomplished this ALL BY ITSELF. So the Doolittle Raid was a truly momentous event, as the movie aptly shows, and thus even with all the clichés and all the stilted and corny acting, the movie is still worth watching. The Doolittle Raid marked the beginning of the end for Japan, because it blew away the myth of Japanese invincibility and proved to the world that it was just a matter of time before a fleet of sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers would be followed by huge air armadas of B-29s that would crush Japanese militarism for all time and eventually convert Japan from an implacable enemy to an allie and a friend.

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